Paralympian Olivia Breen expressed her outrage on Sunday after she said an England Championships official told her her sprint briefs were “too short and inappropriate”.
Breen, who hopes to represent Britain in Tokyo at the Paralympic Games next month, made the revelation in a statement on Twitter.
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“I am always grateful for the amazing volunteers who run the sporting events. They do an amazing job and allow us to compete, ”began Breen’s statement.
“However, tonight I’m quite disappointed because just as I was finishing my long jump competition at the English Championships, one of the women officials felt it necessary to inform me that my sprint briefs were too short. and inappropriate. “
Breen said she was left “speechless” by the remark and said she had been wearing the same type of shorts for years and was “specially designed for competition”.
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“I hope I will wear them in Tokyo. It made me wonder if a male competitor would be criticized in the same way. I hope no other female athlete has had similar issues. I recognize that there must be regulations and guidelines regarding the competition kit, but women should not be aware of what they are wearing when competing, but should be comfortable. “
Breen, who suffers from cerebral palsy, told The Guardian that his shorts are the official Adidas briefs.
England Athletics told the newspaper they were investigating the matter.
“We are aware of the publication and will investigate it urgently. The well-being of all participants in athletics is of the utmost importance and everyone should feel comfortable competing and participating in the sport, ”said England Athletics.
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The 24-year-old represented Great Britain at the London Games in 2012. She won bronze in the 4x100m relay. She has since captured gold medals at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships and the 2016 European Championships. While representing Wales, she won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.